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MOTOR VEHICLES

Danger areas are stepping out of your car either at home or in isolated areas, and also walking to your car.

Always approach your vehicle with the keys ready.

Windows should be up and doors locked even when driving to avoid unwanted passengers at intersections.

Always check your car before entering.  Never leave your car unlocked, even for the few minutes it may take you to return a video, buy milk and so forth.  Attackers have been known to lie in wait for such an opportunity.

Never get into a car even if someone is pointing a knife or a handgun at you from inside.  Just start to run away from the car yelling/ screaming at the same time.  It’s much more likely that he will drive away to find an easier target than attacking or killing you.  But if you get into the car, he has a much better opportunity to drive to a quiet place and start to abuse you and later maybe kill you.

Never pull your car over from a quiet road even if someone drives alongside your car pointing at the tires etc.  Always continue driving to a well-lit and crowded area before exiting your car.  The problem might be a bluff and the driver wants you to stop at the side of the road to “help” you without a reason.

Always be alert in parking lots, specially when it’s dark.  If you are afraid, don’t be too shy to ask someone to escort you to your car.  Between cars and inside cars, it’s easy for someone to hide and wait until an unalert person comes along.